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1. Memphis Equipment's Roots Go Back to World War II -

To most Memphians driving past the Memphis Equipment Co. front lot on South Third Street near E.H. Crump Boulevard, the company appears to be a small lot of vintage U.S. Army vehicles.

2. Memphis Women in Business Face Low Receipts -

With a new political and civic push to improve minority business growth in Memphis’ public and private sectors, businesses owned by women are a specific part of the minority business community challenged in unique ways.

3. Real Estate Community Readies for Pinnacle Awards -

Planning is well underway for the Memphis Area Association of Realtors Commercial Council’s 14th annual Pinnacle Awards ceremony, an evening dedicated to bringing commercial real estate industry professionals together and honoring them for their accomplishments in the previous year.

4. Fogelman Company Launching Retail Center in East Memphis -

6544 Poplar Ave.
Memphis, TN 38118

Permit Amount: $3.2 million

Permit Application Date: February, 2015

5. $2.2M Permit Filed for Downtown Reuse Project -

An adaptive reuse project Downtown is moving forward.

Cendown Ltd. LP, which is redeveloping 85, 87 and 91 S. Second St. into 16 apartments and ground-floor restaurant space, has applied for a $2.2 million building permit for interior renovation work at 85 S. Second.

6. Shelby Farms Conservancy Seeks $7.2 Million in Permits -

6093 N Patriot Lake Blvd.
415 E. Patriot Lake Blvd.
Memphis, TN 38118
Permit Amount: $7.2 million

7. $2.2 Million Permit Filed for Downtown Reuse Project -

An adaptive reuse project Downtown is moving forward.

Cendown Ltd. LP, which is redeveloping 85, 87 and 91 S. Second St. into 16 apartments and ground-floor restaurant space, has applied for a $2.2 million building permit for interior renovation work at 85 S. Second.

8. Shelby Farms Applies for $7.2M in Building Permits -

The Shelby Farms Park Conservancy has applied for two building permits totaling $7.2 million for the creation of a new visitors center and new restaurant and retreat center.

9. Cohen Pushes for Student Loan Bankruptcy Protection -

U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen sponsored legislation in the Tennessee Senate that led to creation of the HOPE Scholarship, which provides four-year college students with $4,000 a year for their studies.

10. Shelby Farms Applies for $7.2 Million in Building Permits -

The Shelby Farms Park Conservancy has applied for two building permits totaling $7.2 million for the creation of a new visitors center and new restaurant and retreat center.

11. Shelby Farms Applies for Permits Totaling $7.2 Million -

The Shelby Farms Park Conservancy has applied for two building permits totaling $7.2 million for the creation of a new visitors center and new restaurant and retreat center.

12. Memphis Reprographics Handles Printing, Storage Needs -

When the development team and architect behind the Sears Crosstown redevelopment project needed multiple phases of the project printed –including everything from design renderings to construction documents and floor plans – they turned to Memphis Reprographics.

13. UAW ‘Considers Itself a Partner’ With GM -

General Motors’ Spring Hill plant is firmly entrenched with the United Auto Workers.

In fact, it might not have retooled and started assembling vehicles again without the union’s efforts.

14. Fear of Trying -

The most complicated move in ballroom dancing is often the step that gets you through the dance studio’s front door.

Television shows like, “Dancing with the Stars’’ and “So You Think You Can Dance’’ are wildly popular and have contributed to a renewed interest in the glamourous art (skill? sport?) of ballroom dancing, but those high-energy, competitive programs or a movie like “Dirty Dancing’’ can also intimidate people and keep them glued to the couch.

15. LGBT-Owned Businesses Get Diversity Boost -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – As a Mexican-American woman who started her own consulting firm in Los Angeles, accountant Sonia Luna has taken advantage of programs aimed at helping minority- and women-owned businesses compete for government and corporate contracts. But increasingly, the fact that Luna also is a lesbian entrepreneur hasn't hurt either.

16. Building the Base -

It was late September, and local officials were deeply engaged with retail giant Target as the company explored investing in an online fulfillment center in Memphis when the discussions turned toward a familiar subject.

17. $1 Million-Plus Sales Reach New Heights in 2014 -

As 2014 comes to a close, the “Where does it end?” question is becoming more and more a part of the conversation.

And based on the past, it is a logical concern as buyers are being forced to pay more and more for houses with demand high and inventory low.

18. Court Injunction Bars Trio as Tax Preparers -

U.S. District Judge Thomas Anderson has ordered three tax preparers with ties to the Mo’ Money tax refund scandal from working as tax preparers or having anything to do with the preparation and filing of federal tax returns in any way.

19. Court Injunction Bars Trio as Tax Preparers -

U.S. District Judge Thomas Anderson has ordered three tax preparers with ties to the Mo’ Money tax refund scandal from working as tax preparers or having anything to do with the preparation and filing of federal tax returns in any way.

20. Clean Pathways Revives City Anti-Blight Effort -

The city’s anti-blight contracts with nonprofit groups are back under new terms.

City Public Works division grants of $75,000 each went to Lifeline to Success and Freedom From Unnecessary Negatives to remove blighted conditions in a two- to four-block radius of schools across the city twice a month for four months.

21. Commission Approves Greenline Contracts -

Shelby County Commissioners approved a contract Monday, Dec. 8, buying the section of the old CSX rail line from Mullins Station Road to the old Cordova train station for $2.5 million and a companion contract to build a 4.1-mile-long extension of the Shelby Farms Greenline on it for $2.2 million.

22. Commission Approves Greenline Contracts -

Shelby County Commissioners approved a contract Monday, Dec. 8, buying the section of the old CSX rail line from Mullins Station Road to the old Cordova train station for $2.5 million and a companion contract to build a 4.1-mile-long extension of the Shelby Farms Greenline on it for $2.2 million.

23. Commission Approves Graceland Plan, Delays Fairgrounds TDZ -

Shelby County Commissioners approved the Graceland economic impact plan Monday, Dec. 8, the last local hurdle for a plan that includes the construction of a 450-room hotel and a later phase transforming the Graceland Plaza area across Elvis Presley Boulevard from the Graceland mansion.

24. Building a Framework -

Moving the needle on minority business growth in Memphis is in a phase of knitting and prodding six months after a renewed call for a larger share of business for minority businesses in a city whose population is majority African-American.

25. Redbirds File $3.5 Million Permit to Renovate AutoZone Park -

The Memphis Redbirds are about to launch significant changes to AutoZone Park.

The Memphis Redbirds LLC has applied for a $3.5 million building permit through the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement for renovations to the ballpark at Third Street and Union Avenue Downtown.

26. Black Friday Gun Buys Test Background Check System -

BRIDGEPORT, W.Va. (AP) – Black Friday isn't just when shoppers rush to stores for holiday sales. It's also one of the busiest days of the year for gun purchases.

In the U.S., there are nine guns for every 10 people. Someone is killed with a firearm every 16 minutes. And every minute, gun shops make about 40 new requests for criminal background checks on people wanting weapons.

27. Redbirds File $3.5 Million Permit to Renovate AutoZone Park -

The Memphis Redbirds are about to launch significant changes to AutoZone Park.

The Memphis Redbirds LLC has applied for a $3.5 million building permit through the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement for renovations to the ballpark at Third Street and Union Avenue Downtown.

28. Renovations on Tap for AutoZone Park -

The Memphis Redbirds are about to launch significant changes to AutoZone Park.

The Memphis Redbirds LLC has applied for a $3.5 million building permit through the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement for renovations to the ballpark at Third Street and Union Avenue Downtown.

29. Ridesharing Could Get City OK -

Legislation making its way through the Memphis City Council would allow transportation network companies such as Lyft and Uber to operate under the law.

Regulatory issues surrounding the services, which spread quickly across the country and sometimes violated dated municipal transportation policies, arose earlier this year.

30. Nissan Pledges Further Expansion of Mississippi Plant -

CANTON, Miss. (AP) – Nissan Motor Co. says it wants to produce 507,000 vehicles a year at its Mississippi plant by 2017, an expansion that would add about 1,000 employees to the current 6,300 workers at the complex.

31. Council Pans City Garbage Proposal -

The administration of Mayor A C Wharton Jr. calls it SMART – Save Money And Reduce Trash. It’s a rebranding of the slow move to a pay-as-you-throw concept for city garbage and trash pickup.

32. Council Votes Down Elvis Presley Boulevard Car Lot -

The Memphis City Council voted down Tuesday, Nov. 4, the move of a used car lot on land owned by Graceland to a lot further north on Elvis Presley Boulevard near the new 450-room resort style hotel Elvis Presley Enterprises is building.

33. Small Business Divided Over Minimum Wage Votes -

NEW YORK (AP) – Workers in five states could get a raise after Election Day.

Some small business owners say raising the minimum wage will pressure their companies, forcing them to cut employees' hours or jobs. Others say it's the right thing to do for workers and the economy.

34. US Issues Final Minimum Wage Rule for Contractors -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Labor Secretary Thomas Perez is issuing a final rule raising the minimum wage for employees of federal contractors to $10.10 an hour.

35. RiverFit Brings Activity to Tom Lee Park -

Riverfront Development Corp. President Benny Lendermon, while advocating for the creation of Beale Street Landing, once referred to Tom Lee Park as one of the worst parks in the country.

36. Court Rules Against FedEx in Labor Case -

A federal court has ruled that FedEx Corp. improperly classified about 2,300 drivers in California as independent contractors instead of employees.

37. Court Rules Against FedEx in Labor Case -

A federal court has ruled that FedEx Corp. improperly classified about 2,300 drivers in California as independent contractors instead of employees.

38. Court Rules Against FedEx in Drivers' Labor Case -

DALLAS (AP) – A federal court has ruled that FedEx Corp. improperly classified about 2,300 drivers in California as independent contractors instead of employees.

39. Springing to Life -

When Ridgeland, Miss.-based development firm the Bryan Co. broke ground on The Horizon condominium tower in 2007, it was at the peak of the housing bubble and optimism from elected officials and Downtown boosters was equally high.

40. City Reviews Ridesharing Policies -

The city of Memphis is reviewing policies and procedures related to vehicles for hire after a firestorm related to ridesharing services such as Lyft and Uber erupted earlier this summer.

City permits administrator Aubrey Howard said the city had not yet initiated patrols to catch Lyft and Uber drivers in the act, but has instead launched a review of the city’s policies.

41. Obama Order Presses Contractors to Obey Labor Laws -

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama moved Thursday to require federal contractors to give their workers more rights in labor disputes, putting his pen to an executive order the day after the House voted to sue him for allegedly exceeding his presidential powers. In an election-year dare to Republicans, Obama said congressional obstinacy would only embolden him to take even more aggressive actions on his own.

42. Probe Exposes Flaws Behind HealthCare.gov Rollout -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Management failures by the Obama administration set the stage for the computer woes that paralyzed the president's new health care program last fall, nonpartisan investigators said in testimony released Wednesday.

43. Chisca Rebirth -

As the Carlisle Corp. began to really delve into the guts of the old Chisca Hotel on Main Street, company officials discovered hidden gem after hidden gem.

44. Grizzlies Plan ‘Pop-Up Park’ for Tom Lee Park -

The Memphis Grizzlies would like to activate Tom Lee Park while generating a community-wide discussion about the highest and best use of green spaces.

45. Contractors See Bright Days Ahead -

After slogging their way through the deepest economic slump in more than 60 years, Memphis area contractors say the near future looks much brighter than the dark days of the recession and its immediate aftermath.

46. Critical Decisions -

For the team behind the pending redevelopment of the massive Sears Crosstown property to reach its goal of maximizing the participation of women- and minority-owned businesses, it needed to make a crucial decision early in the planning process.

47. Uber, Lyft Operating Despite Cease-and-Desist Notices -

Uber and Lyft continued to shuttle customers back and forth early this week, undaunted by the city’s decision last week to send the companies cease-and-desist letters.

A representative from Uber said the company had not received any notice from the city by Tuesday, July 15, and indicated the company has no intention of putting the brakes on the app-based service.

48. PBS TV Investigates Steamboat Sultana Explosion -

After a decade on PBS tracking down the back stories of historic artifacts, the producers of the television program “History Detectives” are focusing on some of American history’s larger mysteries and darker corners.

49. County Budget Season Not Over Yet -

The Shelby County Commission defeated two competing versions of the county property tax rate for the new fiscal year on the second of three readings Monday, June 16.

But they both advance to third and final readings when the commission meets in July.

50. Obama to Sign Order Extending LGBT Protections -

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama plans to sign an executive order banning federal contractors from discriminating against employees on the basis of their sexual orientation, a White House official said Monday.

51. County Commission to Weigh New Disparity Study -

Shelby County Commissioners consider a start Monday, June 16, toward a new disparity study as a way to changing the county’s efforts in increasing minority business participation in government contracts.

52. Tennessee Targeting Construction Fraud -

State officials say the Department of Labor has been expanding efforts to uncover employer fraud within the construction industry.

The efforts will help identify employers who are paying workers under the table, intentionally misclassifying workers as independent contractors and who are failing to report all wages paid.

53. Tennessee Targeting Construction Fraud -

State officials say the Department of Labor has been expanding efforts to uncover employer fraud within the construction industry.

The efforts will help identify employers who are paying workers under the table, intentionally misclassifying workers as independent contractors and who are failing to report all wages paid.

54. The Important Role of Requests for Proposals -

Nonprofit organizations often secure the services of fundraising related consultants and contractors to support operations and growth. Services may be needed to supplement the expertise of current staff, to add specific skill set for a limited amount of time, or because it is more cost effective to contract for services than to hire full-time employees.

55. Public-Private Survey Finds Cybercrime on the Rise -

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) – The hackers are winning, according to a survey of 500 executives of U.S. businesses, law enforcement services and government agencies released Wednesday.

The 12th annual survey of cybercrime trends found that online attackers determined to break into computers, steal information and interfere with business are more technologically advanced than those trying to stop them.

56. Shelby Farms Files $25 Million Permit for Lake Expansion -

500 Pine Lake
Memphis, TN 38134
Permit Cost: $25 million

Project Cost: $52 million
Permit Date: Applied May 2014
Completion: June 2016
Owner: Shelby Farms Park Conservancy
Tenant: Shelby Farms Park Conservancy
Architect: james corner field operations
Contractor: Montgomery Martin Contractors LLC
Details: The Shelby Farms Park Conservancy has filed a $25 million permit with the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement to expand Patriot Lake.

57. Grants Prove Bioworks is Delivering Good Results -

One grant is good. Two grants are better.

In 2012, Memphis Bioworks received a grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Environmental Workforce Developmental and Job Training Program (EWDJT). The $300,000 grant issued provided training for 110 persons, 65 of whom already have been placed in full-time jobs.

58. Shelby Farms Files $25 Million Permit for Lake Expansion -

The Shelby Farms Park Conservancy has filed a $25 million permit with the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement to expand Patriot Lake.

59. Bourland Heflin to Expand, Renovate Poplar Home -

A Memphis law firm is expanding its East Memphis office and improving public areas for clients and visitors.

Bourland Heflin Alvarez Minor & Matthews PLC renewed and expanded its lease in the 5400 Poplar Ave. office building.

60. Bioworks Foundation Wins $200,000 EPA Grant -

Memphis Bioworks is one of 18 grantees for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training (EWDJT) program.

The EPA made the announcement on Monday, May 12, and each grant is worth $200,000.

61. Tile Shop Inks Lease for First Area Store -

A specialty retailer of high-quality tile will open its first location in Memphis later this year.

The Tile Shop is in the final stages of negotiating a roughly 20,000-square-foot lease at 1245 Germantown Parkway, between Cordova Road and Autumn Creek Drive, in the Germantown Square Shopping Center in Cordova, according to company representative Lindsey Rose.

62. GOP Blocks Democrats' Minimum Wage Try in Senate -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Senate Republicans derailed a Democratic drive Wednesday to raise the federal minimum wage, blocking a cornerstone of President Barack Obama's economic plans and ensuring the issue will be a major feature of this fall's congressional elections.

63. Mayoral Contenders Differ on Economic Development -

Economic development incentives including property tax breaks look to be the real dividing line among the three contenders for Shelby County mayor in the May county primaries.

That’s where Deidre Malone, Steve Mulroy and Kenneth Whalum showed the most friction in a Thursday, April 10, forum and debate in the airport area sponsored by the Shelby County Democratic Party.

64. Obama Signs Actions Taking Aim at Gender Pay Gap -

WASHINGTON (AP) – In a concerted election-year push to draw attention to women's wages, President Barack Obama signed directives Tuesday that would make it easier for workers of federal contractors to get information about workplace compensation. He seasoned his move with a sharp rebuke of Republicans whom he accused of "gumming up the works" on workplace fairness.

65. City Blight Effort Faulted in Audit -

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. came up with the anti-blight initiative 25 Square specifically to attack overgrown lots in a systematic and targeted approach.

But the city’s internal auditors concluded in a report released this week that city leaders of the “grass mitigation” program didn’t use a “targeted approach” at all.

66. Walk-In Clinics Rising as Response to ACA -

When the Affordable Care Act became law in 2010, medical providers were not sure what to expect.

But four years down the road, it’s evident the ACA has presented some opportunities – not just for patients, but for how care is delivered and, yes, marketed. And that has meant a rise in walk-in clinics nationally and locally.

67. MorGreen Shifts to Meet Changing Customer Demands -

When Mike Omar opened MorGreen in Collierville in 1987, it was as a traditional outdoor landscaping business, a garden center focused on selling items like fertilizer, mulch and sod and offering some landscaping work.

68. Obama Signs Memo to Strengthen Overtime Pay Rules -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Seeking to influence workers' incomes where possible, President Barack Obama signed a presidential memorandum Thursday directing the Labor Department to devise new overtime rules that would make more workers eligible for time-and-a-half pay for their extra hours of work.

69. Galvanizing Company Files Permit for Facility -

3328 Fite Road
Millington, TN 38053
Permit Cost: $1.9 million

Project Cost: N/A
Permit Date: Applied March 2014
Completion: N/A
Owner: 3328 Fite LLC
Tenant: 3328 Fite LLC
Architect: N/A
Contractor: N/A
Details: An affiliate of Columbus, Ohio-based “hot dip galvanizing” company Voigt & Schweitzer LLC plans to construct a 63,120-square-foot facility near Millington.

70. Firestone Files Permit For Germantown Store -

Firestone Complete Auto Care has filed a $1.3 million permit application with the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement for a new retail store at 9461 Poplar Ave. in Germantown.

71. Grinder Looks to Bring Energy to Associated Builders Role -

Justin Grinder knew at an early age that he wanted to be involved in the construction industry.

72. Cost Crunch -

The aftermath of the housing crash and economic recession produced a roller coaster of changes in construction costs, one with more peaks than valleys.

And local construction industry officials and homebuilders say they’re still struggling with fluctuating prices for materials.

73. Hampline Recalls Overton Park Interstate Plans -

In a city with lots of markers and monuments showing where historic events happened, there is an increasing amount of attention to a different kind of Memphis historic event.

And it involves something that did not happen – the interstate that was supposed to go through Overton Park 50 years ago but was first delayed and then stopped for good in a U.S. Supreme Court ruling 43 years ago this coming Sunday.

74. Memphis Area Loses Construction Jobs in Dec. -

The Memphis area lost construction jobs in December, according to the Associated General Contractors of America.

Local construction jobs dropped by 1,200 to 20,100 for the month, a 6 percent decline from the 21,300 jobs during the same month a year ago.

75. Women Prove Mettle in Tough CRE Industry -

When Rosemarie Fair first entered the world of commercial real estate in the early 1980s, it was still a largely male-dominated profession and she felt the biting sting of disrespect.

“When you’re in property management as a female and you’re developing a Downtown mixed-use project, when you walked into a construction site the contractors and subcontractors just assumed here comes the owner’s wife, or the secretary,” said Fair, owner of One Source Commercial Inc. “The old adage back then was you had to work twice as hard to be thought of half as much and back then it was absolutely true. I had to start below zero and prove myself. And I did, and I was successful.”

76. Reedy Thriving As Housing Investments Skyrocket -

Jim Reedy began selling real estate in 1976 while he was a student at the University of Memphis, and within three years, he moved into selling investment properties.

77. Memphis Area Loses Construction Jobs in Dec. -

The Memphis area lost construction jobs in December, according to the Associated General Contractors of America.

Local construction jobs dropped by 1,200 to 20,100 for the month, a 6 percent decline from the 21,300 jobs during the same month a year ago.

78. Competing Bidders Emerge for Ashlar Hall -

Two people that had once considered teaming up to acquire and renovate crumbling Ashlar Hall are going their separate ways.

Joe Thordarson, founder of the Memphis Comic and Fantasy Convention, and Ty Cobb, founder of the nonprofit Have a Standard Foundation, said this week that they are now pursuing separate plans to gain control of the Midtown mansion.

79. Groundbreaking Set For Local Hilton Garden Inn -

The groundbreaking for the first Hilton Garden Inn in Memphis was scheduled for Friday, Jan. 31, at 10 a.m.

Hilton Worldwide and Globus Partnership are hosting the groundbreaking at the site of the new hotel, 7955 Market Plaza Drive in Cordova.

80. Wage Hike for Federal Contract Workers Limited -

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama's plan to raise the minimum wage for federally contracted workers is winning praise from unions and labor activists, but it could take a year or more before any hikes take place and the impact may not be as widespread as some advocates had hoped.

81. Groundbreaking Set for Memphis' First Hilton Garden Inn -

The groundbreaking for the first Hilton Garden Inn in Memphis is scheduled for Friday, Jan. 31, at 10 a.m.

Hilton Worldwide and Globus Partnership are hosting the groundbreaking at the site of the new hotel, 7955 Market Plaza Drive in Cordova.

82. Obama Hiking Minimum Pay for New Federal Contracts -

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama will sign an executive order setting the minimum wage for workers under new federal contracts at $10.10 an hour, the White House said Tuesday. The president will announce the increase during his State of the Union address.

83. Wharton Faces Challenges in State of the City -

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. may face the most challenging year of his tenure as he delivers his State of the City address Wednesday, Jan. 29.

The speech will be delivered at 10 a.m. at the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law.

84. Court Invalidates Ashlar Hall Transfer -

Environmental Court Judge Larry Potter has invalidated Robert “Prince Mongo” Hodges’ November transfer of Ashlar Hall to acquaintance Kenny Medlin, after Medlin did not produce a plan for rehabilitating the property.

85. Council to Get Updates on City Expense Cuts -

Memphis City Council members get a closer look Tuesday, Jan. 21, at some ways the city can reallocate $80 million over the next five fiscal years to begin paying $100 million annually toward an unfunded pension liability the city estimates is at $709 million.

86. Council to Get Updates on City Expense Cuts -

Memphis City Council members get a closer look Tuesday, Jan. 21, at some ways the city can reallocate $80 million over the next five fiscal years to begin paying $100 million annually toward an unfunded pension liability the city estimates is at $709 million.

87. Competing Claims -

The future of Ashlar Hall has become nearly as unpredictable as its eccentric former proprietor, Robert “Prince Mongo” Hodges.

A Monday, Jan. 13, hearing before Environmental Court Judge Larry Potter did little to clear the air surrounding a November transfer of the 1397 Central Ave. property and competing claims over its future.

88. Feds Won't Renew Health Website's Lead Contractor -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The government's much-maligned health insurance website is getting a new outside contractor to steer the revamped portal through the remainder of open enrollment season.

89. Tenn. Prevailing Wage Law Rescinded as of Jan. 1 -

As of Jan. 1, most government building projects in Tennessee no longer have to pay the prevailing wage.

WPLN-FM reports Tennessee’s prevailing wage law was in place for nearly four decades before the General Assembly voted to repeal it last year. The idea behind the law was to make sure every electrician or plumber hired on a government-funded project got paid the going rate.

90. Tennessee Prevailing Wage Law Rescinded as of Jan. 1 -

As of Jan. 1, most government building projects in Tennessee no longer have to pay the prevailing wage.

WPLN-FM reports Tennessee’s prevailing wage law was in place for nearly four decades before the General Assembly voted to repeal it last year. The idea behind the law was to make sure every electrician or plumber hired on a government-funded project got paid the going rate.

91. Malasri Promotes Importance of Young Memphis Leaders -

Jittapong “J.T.” Malasri, a civil engineer with Memphis Light, Gas and Water Division, says his father probably knew his son would go into the engineering field long before he himself did. And his father, Siripong Malasri, should know – he was the dean of the School of Engineering at Christian Brothers University before returning to the classroom to teach and chair various departments.

92. Businesses Again Challenge Union Poster Rules -

WASHINGTON (AP) – A prominent business group filed a lawsuit Wednesday challenging government rules that require federal contractors to display posters telling workers they have a legal right to form a union.

93. Health Care Signups Pick Up but May Not Close Gap -

WASHINGTON (AP) – With time running short, the nation's health care rolls still aren't filling up fast enough.

New signup numbers Wednesday showed progress for President Barack Obama's health care law, but not enough to guarantee that Americans who want and need coverage by Jan. 1 will be able to get it. Crunch time is now, as people face a Dec. 23 deadline to sign up if they are to have coverage by New Year's.

94. Study: Labor Violations Don't Stop Government Contracts -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The federal government awards billions of dollars in contracts each year to companies that routinely violate safety, health and wage regulations, according to a report released Wednesday that calls for stricter measures to hold federal contractors accountable.

95. Government Diagnosis: HealthCare.gov on the Mend -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Computer crashes should be giving way to insurance coverage – if the government's diagnosis of its health care website is correct.

The Health and Human Services Department released a progress report Sunday on its effort get the troubled HealthCare.gov website on the mend. Administration officials said the worst of the online glitches, bugs and delays may be over.

96. Tools to Succeed -

If Memphis College of Art President Ron Jones has anything to do with it, there will be no starving artists among the ranks of the college’s future alumni.

97. Experts: HealthCare.Gov Fix Needs More Time, Money -

NEW YORK (AP) – Technology experts say healing what ails the HealthCare.gov website will be a tougher task than the Obama administration acknowledges.

98. High Court Considers Whistle-Blower Protections -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Supreme Court looked back Tuesday at the collapse of energy giant Enron to determine who is protected from retaliation after blowing the whistle on a company's misdeeds.

99. Sebelius: Couple of Hundred Website Fixes Required -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Prodded to be more candid with Congress, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said Wednesday the administration's flawed health care website needed a couple of hundred fixes when it went online more than a month ago and conceded, "we're not there yet" in making all needed repairs.

100. Why a Spike in October Unemployment May Not be So Bad -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The jobs report for October due out Friday may be bleak. It might even be scary. The unemployment rate could jump by the most in three years. Hiring may slow from an already weak pace.